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Bethany to ask for public comment on proposed pedestrian pathway

It’s a project that’s been percolating in the town for a few years, but Bethany Beach officials in January will formally discuss the proposal for a pedestrian pathway on Collins Street, between Kent Avenue and E. Half-Moon Drive, and possibly...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:53pm

Dagsboro approves changes to water rates

The Dagsboro Town Council held a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 22, to listen to residents on their support or opposition to the proposed change in the water rates.

After close to 30 minutes of discussion, council members unanimously voted...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:47pm

Bladder dam plan resurrected in Bethany

While the issue of “Harry’s bladder” has become a source of humor in Bethany Beach in the years since former Bethany Beach town councilman Harry Steele first championed a bladder dam to help address the town’s recurrent flooding problems, as of...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:44pm

South Bethany police concerns loom, but new hires are in works

Troy Crowson pointed to the headline story in this month’s The Police Chief magazine: an article on retaining employees with non-paycheck items, such as take-home vehicles, and opportunities for advancement and education.

“We had all this...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:37pm

IRSD restores teacher raises, creates first admin salary scale

When Delaware state auditors opened the books at Indian River School District in 2016, they found several major problems. IRSD has worked to solve its weak financial policies and alleged financial mismanagement.

In September, the school...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:32pm

Millville officials look at ‘small-scale’ shopping areas in town

Millville Town Council made a move at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, workshop meeting toward changing its zoning code to set perameters for “small scale” shopping areas.

The council discussed a draft ordinance that would amend the Town’s zoning...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:27pm

Frankford hosting Fall Festival downtown this Saturday

A full day of fall fun is on tap in Frankford this weekend as the town hosts its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Children 12 and under are invited vie for prizes in the costume contest. For the 2-and-under and 3-to-4-year-old...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:26pm

Trick-or-Treat times for 2018

Most local towns and neighborhoods are celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Any household giving out treats should turn on an outdoor light.

Official Trick-or-Treat times are as follows:

Bethany Beach...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:25pm

Pets and humans reading for parade in Bethany this weekend

For the eighth year, Bethany Beach celebrates the spooky season with its Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, this year benefiting the Brandywine Valley S.P.C.A.’s Georgetown facility.

Wags, Witches & Warlocks is scheduled for Saturday...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

Masiello brings law-enforcement experience to South Bethany council

Gerald “Jerry” Masiello has joined the ranks of South Bethany Town Council.

He was appointed Oct. 12 to fill a seat that Wayne Schrader vacated, for personal reasons, several months into his two-year term. Masiello will serve until the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:49pm

MSO to perform second concert series of the season

On Nov. 1, 3 and 4, the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform its second concert of the fall season, spotlighting Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with duo Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of New York City Ballet, on violin and Jonathan...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:45pm

Officers outside the Ocean View Church of Christ meeting to discuss the active shooter exercise.

Large-scale exercise prepare emergency personnel for the unthinkable

With gun violence a reality in today’s world, local law enforcement, emergency responders and hospitals are hoping such a tragedy never reaches our area, but are preparing for the worst. 

On Oct. 13, agencies across southeastern Sussex...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

Freaks and ghouls, killers and crazies fill the Selbyville Library during last years’ Selbyville Haunted Library.

‘For one night only, the spirits take over’

Selbyville Haunted Library returns on Oct. 31

When the Selbyville Public Library opens for two hours on Halloween night, it will be completely transformed inside.

The Selbyville Haunted library will return on Wednesday, Oct. 31, during trick-or-treating hours of 6 to 8 p.m.

“It...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:22pm

Police departments urge citizens to ‘Take Back’ medications

The Ocean View Police Department is one of many in the state and across the nation participating in the U.S...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:14pm

Eileen Olson, ‘Imaginary Garden,’ oil

Gallery One to focus on ‘The Shape of Things’ in November

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its November exhibit, “The Shape of Things,” which will be open to the public Oct. 31 through Dec. 4.

Gallery One artist Joyce Condry recalled “a beginning drawing class decades...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:12pm

Sue Sigvardson of Ocean View concentrates as she plants a tree at the Assawoman Wildlife Area on Saturday, Oct. 20. Sigvardson is a volunteer with the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, which sponsored the event.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:09pm

Golf tournament honors doctors from Delmarva Services

The 19th Annual Jean & Joan Golf Tournament was rained out on Thursday, Sept. 24; however, more than 100 guests still enjoyed dinner, a live auction and awards at Kings Creek Country Club. This year’s tournament honored doctors from Delmarva...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:06pm

Bethany Beach looking at old answer for floods

Bethany Beach floods some times. 

As a coastal town that is only a few feet above sea level at its highest point, Bethany Beach certainly has a problem with flooding, particularly after intense storms that dump inches of rain in a short...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 11:22am

John Reddington poses with his plaque, announcing that he’s been inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin and Leather Hall of Fame.

Reddington honored by Hide Association

Last month, Ocean View resident John Reddington was the 31st person to be inducted into the U.S. Hides, Skin, and Leather Hall of Fame. 

“One every year is given out and I never thought I would get it,” said Reddington. “I was just the...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:52am

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Millsboro-area woman’s grandson arrested for her murder

The Delaware State Police have charged 30-year-old man in connection with the death of his grandmother in Millsboro, which authorities have ruled a homicide.

According to police, their investigation began on Saturday, Oct. 20, around 10:33...

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:01pm

Students react as emergency responders simulate an overdose as part of an effort by local first-responders and Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church to impact young people and parents on the dangers of opioids.

Community partners looking to give dose of ‘Reality’

It starts out innocently enough — an invitation to a classmate’s house for a party. A few wrong turns, an overdose and — poof — life will never be the same.

Some community partners in Sussex County are hoping to have an impact on youth and...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:38pm

Verizon, South Bethany discuss best path to service improvements

As Verizon Wireless continues its quest to improve mobile coverage across coastal Delaware, they have begun discussions at the Town of South Bethany.

In the past year, Verizon’s Bonnie Metz also helped the Town of Fenwick Island write a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:34pm

IRSD partners with $tand By Me to offer free scholarship workshop

The Indian River School District is partnering with $tand By Me to host a free scholarship workshop and fair on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.

The workshop is aimed at helping high school...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:33pm

Godwin School recognized

A plaque dedication and open house were held Oct. 6 at the Godwin School on Route 20, which was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Originally known as School District #190, the Godwin School opened around 1987 for white children...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:32pm

Think Beyond Pink conference at library set for Saturday

Think Beyond Pink — a women’s breast health and wellness conference hosted by Beebe Healthcare’s Women’s & Children’s Services and Tunnell Cancer Center — is set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the South Coastal...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:22pm

Road crews work on the damage from a truck striking a fire hydrant in Ocean View on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Ocean View homes without water after truck hits hydrant

A portion of Woodland and Central Avenues in Ocean View were closed for several hours on Tuesday, Oct. 16, as a result of a large construction vehicle striking a mounted fire hydrant, and lifting it from its pedestal, according to police. 

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:16pm

Candidate forum planned for County Council race

Candidates for Sussex County Council District 5 Ellen Magee and John Rieley will field questions from the audience at a public forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County on Thursday, Oct. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Laurel...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:13pm

Pink Ribbon Open House to celebrate survivors of breast cancer

Beebe Healthcare’s Robert & Eolyne Tunnell Cancer Center will host its inaugural Pink Ribbon Open House for survivors of breast cancer on Monday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. at Tunnell Cancer Center, located at 18947 J. Williams Highway,...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:03pm

Selbyville Halloween Parade-goers think outside the box

Creativity is the name of the game at Selbyville Halloween Parade. People can have a frightfully good time showing off their costumes, cars and floats on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.

The parade is co-sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:07am

A map of the Assawoman Wildlife Area  showing the exact location for the planting and parking.

CIB to host Trick or Tree-t Planting Party

Fall is traditionally a time to appreciate the harvest that the land has provided, and this year, there’s a way for local ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates to give something back to the Earth.

The Center for the Inland Bays will host...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:05am

Noeh Rayne won a free book at the Family Reading & Math Night at the Phillip C Showell Elementary School.

The school that reads together…

Phillip C. Showell Elementary School invited parents into the classroom for the Title I Family Reading & Math Night on Oct. 10.

After pizza and the book fair, PCS staff revealed the “One School, One Book” novel of the year: “The World...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:02am

CATS to raise funds with Oct. 19 bake sale

The Cats Around Town Society (CATS), an Ocean View-based 501(c) charity, is honoring Global Cat Day — Oct. 16 — by holding a fundraising bake sale Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 3 p.m. at Giant Foods in Millville and Hocker’s in Clarksville.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:42am

Pianist Awadagin Pratt to inaugurate Coastal Concerts’ 20th anniversary season

On Oct. 20, pianist Awadagin (pronounced “ah-wah-dodge-in”) Pratt will return to the Coastal Concerts stage to inaugurate CoCo’s 20th anniversary season. Pratt appeared previously in a 2015 performance. On Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., Pratt will appear at...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:40am

Emergency physicians provide Halloween safety tips

It is estimated that more than 41 million children will trick-or-treat nationwide this Halloween. The nation’s emergency physicians recently offered a few tips to make sure that children stay safe and that any fright is the fun kind — one that...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:10am

A Quilt of Valor was presented to John Roman at Aquacare Physical Therapy on Monday, Oct. 15. Pictured are: (back row) Bob Clemens, Pat Clemens, Diane Cowell, Barbara Voit, Dan Cowell, Janet Thomas, Ellen Neumann, Eric Neumann and Pat Holleran. (Front row) Jacquie and John Romanand Lenny Truitt.

Community coming together for Quilts of Valor ‘sew day’

Lenny Truitt calls herself a product of the Vietnam era, and as such, she said, she has a keen awareness of the struggles faced by military service members returning from that war.

“I saw how poorly our military were treated when they came...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:08am

Mediacom offers scholarships to high school seniors

Mediacom Communications is offering $55,000 in scholarship support for high school seniors who plan to obtain further education. The scholarship program is in its 18th consecutive year, and Mediacom’s investment will award $1,000 World Class...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Local custom-home designer wins international awards

Erik Kampmann, owner of EMK Designs Residential Design Studio, was recently honored at the USA Property Awards, now in its 25th year, in association with Salice, at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel for his project, Ovcharenko...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:59am

Chamber holds ribbon-cutting at Juan Johnson State Farm office

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce welcomed Juan Johnson State Farm Insurance to their membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 11. Johnson’s office is located at 31038 Country Gardens, Suite D2, in Dagsboro. He is a...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:58am

Carl M. Freeman Companies establishes permanent residence

On Thursday, Oct. 11, the Carl M. Freeman Companies hosted a ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the opening of the Delaware division’s new office space located in the Bear Trap Dunes Marketplace in Ocean...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:57am

An entry in last year’s Boo-B-Que contest is shown to the judges. The annual event includes fun for the kids, food-for-all and adult beverages. The barbecue event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, just one of 450 contests worldwide.

Boo-B-Que returns with food, brews, music and more

Whoever decided that Halloween is better with smoke, seasoning and marinade may have had the right idea, as the fourth annual Boo-B-Que: Barbecue & Brews Festival will return to Delaware Seashore State Park on Oct. 19 and 20.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:41am

Left to right: Ann Gorrin, of Volunteer Delaware 50+ program Sussex County; Joanne Spink, a member of the Advisory Council of Volunteer Delaware 50+ Sussex County and member of Lord Baltimore Women’s Club; are joined by LWBC president Barbara Sundlin at the group’s October meeting.

LB Women’s Club learns about volunteer opportunities

Connecting with the community through volunteering was the focus of the October meeting of the Lord Baltimore Women’s Club, held at Cripple Creek Country Club. The keynote speaker, Ann Gorrin head of the Volunteer Delaware 50+ program in Sussex...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:07am

Public voices opinions on proposed density calculation change

The Sussex County Council on Oct. 9 held a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the County’s zoning density calculation, which would exclude streams, rivers and wetland areas from being included in such calculations.

“I introduced this...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:37pm

Millville grants final approvals for Beebe expansion

Beebe Healthcare’s proposed South Coastal Campus Emergency Department and Cancer Center got a final nod from the Millville Town Council this week.

Although the final site plan approved by the town council at its Tuesday, Oct. 9, meeting...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:36pm

From left, Paulette Rappa and Doug Hudson speak to voters during a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Sussex County in Rehoboth Beach on Tuesday, Oct. 9

Candidates Hudson and Rappa contend for County Council D4

With the 2018 elections ramping up, the public is learning more about local candidates, thanks to the League of Women Voters of Sussex County.

Candidates Doug Hudson of Dagsboro and Paulette Rappa of Long Neck discussed the issues...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:35pm

Mini-golf now allowed by special exception in Ocean View

The Ocean View Town Council this week voted to approve an ordinance that would allow through the granting of a special exception, miniature-golf courses in the Town’s General Business-1 district. Prior to the vote, mini-golf courses were not an...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:33pm

Responders perform trauma training at a previous Rescue Task Force exercise.

Emergency services to hold drill in Ocean View on Sunday

For those who work in emergency services, preparing for the worst is part of the job. This Sunday, area emergency responders will be training for the unimaginable.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, from 1-4 p.m., emergency services personnel will be...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:31pm

Frankford health fair offers fun, food and fitness

The Frankford Community Health Fair has been a popular event for the past decade and organizers keep adding fun and educational activities each year to make it even better.

This year is no exception. The health fair, set for Saturday, Oct...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:27pm

Family Fun Day to raise funds for Parkinson’s cause

A group of local businesspeople with a love for good causes and a knack for fundraising is holding its second annual Family Fun Day this weekend, again focusing on those fighting Parkinson’s disease as the recipients of the event’s proceeds....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:26pm

The Indian River Life-Saving Station museum is transformed into a rustic, but elegant, dining room for a coastal heritage dinner.

Coastal heritage dinner reawakens flavors of 140 years ago

Imagine eating the fresh food caught and grown on the Eastern Shore: roasted shellfish, lemon-baked seabass, fresh venison, duck and local veggies.

These dishes and more took center stage on Oct. 5 at the historic Indian River Life-Saving...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 12:24pm

Delaware Seashore State Park to host Boo-Que on Oct. 19-20

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the fourth annual “Boo-Que By the Sea,” a two-day barbecue cook-off competition and family festival beginning 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, and continuing Saturday, Oct. 20, at Delaware Seashore...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 11:58am